French shipbuilding company, Socarenam has been awarded a contract for the design and construction of five patrol boats for the Belgian Federal Police.
The contract was awarded in June and the construction of the first two units, based on the design by French naval architect Pierre Delion/ Architecture Navale, will begin before the end of 2020.
SOCARENAM est fière d’annoncer l’obtention d’un contrat pour la conception et la construction de cinq patrouilleurs pour la Police Fédérale Belge. #patrolvessel #belgium #naval #socarenamcotedopale pic.twitter.com/sd9A9QuEqA
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Classified by Bureau Veritas, these 16-m patrol boats will be able to navigate both at sea and in inland waters. Due to their small size and maneuverability important, they will be able to maneuver easily in tight spaces.
This summer, the hull design was tested in a basin in Liège in order to confirm the commitments taken during the response to the call for tenders regarding the height of the wave field created during the movement of the boat in a channel at full speed (30 km/h). The preliminary draft produced in consultation with users has since made it possible to validate and optimize the deck plan which is made up of numerous spaces or equipment to meet the varied missions of police officers.
In order to meet noise requirements and provide a high level of comfort, the wheelhouse is mounted on four silent-blocks and an acoustic study was carried out in order to achieve commitments made. The accommodation breaks down into a large wheelhouse with a saloon accommodating an office with computer and a living space below deck with everything necessary for the crew.
• Overall length : 15.98 m
• Overall width : 4.98 m
• Height : 1.83 m
• Maximum speed : 30 km/h
• Engine : 2 x 450 hp engine
• Fuel : 2 x 1200 liters